By Amy Wenk
Sandy Springs City Council, for the second time, denied a plan to redevelop Lakeside Office Park.
The board, at their Aug.17 meeting, voted 5 to 1 to deny an application to remake the 26-acre office park on Glenridge Drive at the intersection of Ga. 400 and I-285. Dist. 2 Councilwoman Dianne Fries cast the dissenting vote.
Dist. 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio said he was “totally against” the redevelopment plan due to concerns about increased traffic on Glenridge Drive.
“They are trying to put 6,000 to 7,000 cars where 6,000 to 7,000 cars shouldn’t be,” DeJulio said.
Council also denied plans to remake Lakeside in 2008 due to concerns about how much traffic would be generated. The case has been in court since.
Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard said the application would go back to the Fulton County Superior Court. A judge will decide whether or not the zoning is constitutional, he said, and based on that decision, the application could go back before council.
Attorney Carl Westmoreland, who represents MetLife, the owners of Lakeside, said his client did not wish for him to comment on the council’s decision to deny the application.
The compromise plan was drawn up in an effort to resolve litigation with the property owners. The city itself was the applicant for the new plan.
The plan proposed to keep four of five existing office buildings and add 520 apartments, a 16-story office building, covered parking and a restaurant to the site.
Neighbors who opposed the plan were happy about council’s decision.
“We’re pleased,” said Mark Sampl, transportation chair with the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods. “We think the information and the facts spoke for themselves.”